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Voodoo3 3000 PCI
Page 1 - 3Dfx's PCI Version of Their Great Voodoo3 3000, for "AGP impaired" gamers
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: December 16, 1999
Category: Video
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Voodoo3 3000 PCI


I'd would just like to start off by saying how I got this idea in the first place. I have read about 4 reviews on this board, and not one of them had put the board to practical use. So in this review, I intend on showing some practical uses of this board. Yes, I'm going to overclock it, duh!

I have three different computers to use on this review. I will start the benchmarks on the lower end of the spectrum, with the Cyrix 100MHz Box. 100MHz! Yes, that might be a little extreme but I'll show you if this is a worthy upgrade or if you should save your hard earned $150.

Let me show you 3Dfx's reported specifications.
  • 16MB SDRAM
  • 166MHz Core Clock Speed
  • 7 Million Triangles/sec
  • 333 Megatexels/sec.
  • Supports resolutions up to 2048x1536
  • Full 128-Bit 2D accelerator
  • 350 MHz RAMDAC
  • TV/S-Video out
  • DVD Hardware Assist
  • Supports DirectX, Glide and OpenGL
  • Alpha-Blending
  • Single Pass, Single Cycle Bump Mapping
  • Single Pass, Single Cycle Trilinear MIP-Mapping
  • Patented Multi-Texturing
  • Programmable Fog Tables
  • Sub-Pixel and Sub-Texel Correction
  • Gouraud Shading


Ok, now that the specs are out of the way, lets start with the benchmarking.
Boxes:

Box #1
Cyrix 100MHz
IBM Mainboard 48 MB EDO RAM
1 GB Hard Drive
Smart 100X Max CD-ROM (Software Enhancement Not Used)
15" Monitor
Windows 95 (First Edition)
Direct X 6
Supplied CD Drivers

Box #2
AMD K6-2 400MHz
"Old" Soyo Mainboard w/ on-board sound & 8 MB video
128 MB Generic PC-100 SDRAM
10 GB Quantum Hard Drive
32X Max CD-ROM Drive
19" KDS Monitor
Windows 98
Direct X 7a
Supplied CD Drivers

Box #3
(2) Celeron 366@572 MHz
Abit BP6
64 MB Corsair PC-133 SDRAM
12 GB Quantum CR ATA 66
Asus 50x Max
17" CTX Trinitron
Windows 98 SE
Direct X 7a
Newest Drivers 1.03.05 (12-17-99)



The Benchmarks:

WinTune 98 - Video Test
-- Box #1, #2 & #3

3D Mark 2000
-- Box #2 & #3

Quake 2 - demo1.dm2
-- Box #2 & #3
a) Software Enhanced
b) Wicked GL Enhanced


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